Classical ballet is a traditional, formal style of ballet that adheres to classical ballet technique. It is known for its aesthetics and rigorous technique, including pointe work, turn-out of the legs, and high extensions. Classical ballet is graceful with flowing, precise movements and an ethereal quality.
There are stylistic variations of classical ballet related to area of origin, which are denoted by classifications such as Russian ballet, French ballet, British ballet and Italian ballet. At the Dancer's Studio/Backstage we combine the various styles and incorporate the best aspects of each.
Despite the stylistic variations, the performance and movement terminology of classical ballet are largely consistent throughout the world. Students typically learn ballet terminology and the pronunciation, meaning, and precise body form and movement associated with each term. Emphasis is placed on strengthening the legs and body core (the center, or abdominals) as a strong core is required for many ballet movements (especially turns), and on developing flexibility and strengthening legs and feet.
After learning basic ballet technique and developing sufficient strength and flexibility, female dancers begin to learn pointe technique and male and female dancers begin to learn partnering and more advanced jumps and turns. Depending on the teacher and training system, students may progress through various stages or levels of training as their skills advance.
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